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Scope & Duty

Scope and Responsibilities of the Interior Designer

‘4th Dimension’ – It is said that it is impossible to imagine the fourth dimension with our three dimensional mind. None – the – less it is quite possible to comprehend some of the basic principles to the theory of hyper- dimensions.

The firm has successfully completed many Offices, Showrooms, Hotels, Restaurants, Schools, Clinics, Hospitals and Residences. The very nature of brisk yet courteous service and value for money has prompted us to be where we are today.

Our Strengths:

• Handle less number of projects at a time to ensure quality in designing and implementation.

• Complete concentration, full involvement and practical consideration explain our eye for every minute detail.

• Detailed discussions at all levels and quality time are given to conceptualize a project.

Role of an Interior Designer:

It is generally realized that an Interior Designer is a person who prepares plans, drawings and specifications, but it is not generally recognized that these are merely outward and visible signs of the Designers work.

An Interior Designer, just as a Doctor or lawyer, has nothing to sell except his design and disinterested personal services, and receives no payment other than the fees paid by his Client. His knowledge is derived from many years of study in the designing, knowledge about the material and its characteristics.

An Interior Designers work is to develop the available space in the best possible manner for its optimum utilization. He is in the best position to collect and coordinate the particular information, which is necessary in planning the space to conform to the function for which it is intended. He acts as a professional adviser to his Client and his advice must be absolutely disinterested. He is charged with the exercise of judicial function as between Client and contractor.

A Client should carefully select a Designer on whom he can fully rely and having made his choice, should give him his entire confidence, particularly in regard to the designing and material selection and the amount, which he is prepared to spend.

Taking the services of a Designer in order, his first duty is to help his Client to formulate his ideas in such a way that they can be placed down on paper, and can form the basis for a preliminary conceptual plans and estimate of cost.

Conceptual Plans and Estimates:

This is one of the most vital stages of the series of services rendered by the Designer. It is therefore essential that the Client should give a very candid and clear statement of his total requirements and the amount, which he desires to invest in the project, and if these two factors are irreconcilable, either one or the other must be modified, or the scheme abandoned.

It should be understood that estimates, however carefully prepared, which are based upon conceptual plans can be only approximate; the actual cost incurred after preparation of working drawings and specifications may vary by a considerable amount.

The Designers work, in this stage, involves the following steps:

  1.  To take Clients instructions regarding the requirements of the project as a whole.
  2. To acquaint the Client with the conditions of engagement and scale of professional charges.
  3. To visit the site.
  4. To prepare an agreement with the Client, a program of accommodation and requirements.
  5. To prepare preliminary draft conceptual drawings sufficient to explain the Designer’s general understanding of the Client’s requirement and the outline of his plan.
  6. To discuss the draft conceptual drawings with the Client and make such modifications as may be necessary to satisfy the Client that his requirements will be fulfilled.
  7. To discuss with the Client and obtain approval for the procedure to be adopted in relation to nominated contractor and suppliers.

Working Drawing Stage:

After the approval of layout and broad estimate by the Client, next stage is preparation of working drawings and specifications. The working drawings are a careful setting out of the work to be done. The specifications describe in detail the materials to be used and the manner in which work is to be carried out.

The next step is to prepare the necessary drawings and documents and undertake the agreed procedure in relation to nominated contractor and nominated suppliers.

Execution Stage:
This involves supplying to the contractors sufficient copies of the working drawings, schedules and specifications.

Supervision Stage:

This involves periodical supervision and inspection as may be necessary to ensure that the work is being executed in general accordance with the contract. Constant supervision does not form part of the duties undertaken by the Designer and his supervision alone cannot guarantee that the work is carried out strictly in accordance with the drawings and Specifications.

Steps Involved:

  1. Direct the main contractor / person in-charge or site supervisor provided by the Client to provide constant superintendence to ensure that the work is carried out strictly in accordance with the working drawings.
  2. Advise Client on the progress and quality of work.
  3. Advise Client if the total of authorized expenditure is likely to be executed.
  4. Advise Client if the contract time is likely to be varied.
  5. Check main contractor’s applications for payment.
  6. Issue certificates authorizing payments.
  7. Certify the final completion of work.

Liability of the Designer:

The Designer is liable if he fails to exercise all reasonable skills, care and diligence in the discharge of his duties under these conditions but the aforesaid liability shall be limited as stated here under:

  1. The liability of Designer does not cover costs other than those for the reinstatement of the works. All liability for consequential damages is excluded.
  2. The Designer does not guarantee the work of any contractor.
  3. The Designer has no liability whatever for any damage resulting from any act of contractor or supplier which is not in accordance with the contract documents or the Designer’s instructions.
  4. The Designer has no liability whatsoever for any part of the works not designed by him or not under his responsibility.